Queen Mary - University of London
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma
One year full-time (MSc), eight months full-time (Diploma) Designed as both a thorough introduction and update in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, this programme is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical diseases and their management. It offers a focus on the relevant basic sciences and research techniques. The Diploma (or ‘taught course’) runs from October until April. To gain the MSc you take research projects that run from April until August. The Centre has two endoscopy training simulators, and training on these simulators is included for full time students. Full time students will also have opportunities to observe clinical meetings, audits, clinics or endoscopy sessions mainly in the latter half of the year. From 2010 the Diploma is available as a distance learning course. Teaching is recorded and uploaded and made available on the Internet. Regular live online tutorials and meetings will be run with senior members of the Faculty. For selected high-achieving students there are opportunities to stay in the Centre as clinical research fellows studying for higher degrees (MD(Res) or PhD). Programme outline Module 1: The Scientific Basis of GI Diseases Module 2: Liver and pancreatic diseases Module 3: Adult GI diseases: Luminal diseases Module 4: Neurogastroenterology: Advanced functional GI diseases Module 5: Paediatric and adolescent GI, liver and nutritional diseases, including GI infections Module 6: Introduction to endoscopy Assessment 1 Diploma Each module is examined separately by coursework and a written exam at the end of the module. 2 Project Written dissertation Oral viva (September) To be awarded the MSc requires passing both the Diploma and the project. Entry requirements Minimum requirements for applications to the programme are MB BS or basic medical degree recognised by the University of London and an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent). Most students are interviewed by a senior member of the programme before being accepted to ensure they are suitable for the programme and the programme is suitable for them. For language requirements, please refer to the International students section.